Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Issai Kiwi

Posted by cindy_7 z6/7 VA (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 2, 12 at 13:30

I have this variety of Kiwi planted in a great location, the plant is growing well and it's well drained. It has healthy fresh new growth on it. The plant is now three years old.

It did flower earlier this spring for the first time. However, it doesn't have any fruit on it. None.

What do you experts think is the issue? Does it require a good fertilizer and, if so, when is the best time to fertilize it?

I really expected to be harvesting fruit from this plant by now.

Thanks for any help. Greatly appreciated.

Cindy


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

I am assuming you have male and female plants? How close are the plants?


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

This variety is supposed to fruit without having two plants.

From Edible Landscaping, "Issai has long fruits @ 1.5". Issai will produce one year after planting. Sets fruits without a male, but sets more with one. Not as vigorous as most arguta types, but similar in most respects. Less pruning required because of its early fruiting and spur type growth. Plant 8' apart on 6' trellis. Zones 6-9."

Cindy

Here is a link that might be useful: Edible Landscaping


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

EL is a little optimistic. They should have said *can* produce one year after planting. Not having a male also may make it take longer. Since you got a few flowers this year next year could be the year you finally get some fruits.

Scott


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

i had one a few years ago, it died over its 2nd winter in zone 5, i never got fruit from it. i heard from someone that it is not a very consistant producer without a male, but i dont know how true that is. i have 2 year old arctic kiwis right now with a few fruits, but they produce faster than argutas.


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

Issai is not THAT self-fertile. That could be the problem.

Also it doesn't taste that great. The other cultivars all taste better and it's not a hassle to have a male at all since you can keep the male growing up some random tree/bush/fence nearby whatever pruned to 10-20% of the the female size since you just need the male for some flowers, not to bear fruit.


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

I planted an Issai last spring, along with 3 other females (49er, Geneva, and Ken's Red) and one male. It immediately had around a dozen flowers, but only 1 fruit set. Something ate it when it was getting close to ripe, so I haven't been able to taste it yet. None of the other 4 have flowered, last year or this. The Issai flowered much more heavily this year, but most were wiped out by the cold snap. Only a few parts of the plant closed to the stone retaining wall it is growing against made it. It's now got a few dozen open flowers. Soon I'll see how the set is this year with no male pollinator.


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

My advice would be to get a male if you want fruit. The year before my male first flowered my Issai had hundreds of blossoms and not one produced a fruit. The next year with pollination almost every single one fruited.


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

Thanks for all of the responses.

Looks like that is what I'll have to do - get a male plant.

Where would be a good place to purchase one of them? I bought the Issai locally.

Thank you again.

Cindy


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

  • Posted by bob_z6 6b/7a SW CT (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 3, 12 at 11:28

Given how warm it is now, you'll want a place that ships potted plants. I would suggest RollingRiver, but they are out of the males. Another top choice would be WhitmanFarms. Other options would be Raintree and Ediblelandscaping.


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

Thank you, Bob, for that information!

Is this a plant that nurseries could shipped in the fall or is it only shipped in the spring?

Cindy


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

  • Posted by bob_z6 6b/7a SW CT (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 3, 12 at 22:43

I think that would depend on the nursery. Many only ship in the spring. Assuming you can get a potted one (not bare root) you should be able to plant now. I've done so successfully in June/July for gooseberries, currants, and blueberries (haven't tried with kiwi). Depending on your weather, it may take a bit of care early on (watering and maybe some shade-cloth if you plant it in full sun).


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

Cindy, Edible Landscaping should be able to get you a male this time of year since they sell potted plants. Potted plants can be planted year-round. July/August are best avoided since that weather can fry plants but most other months work.

Scott


 o
RE: Issai Kiwi

Thanks for all of the information.

Greatly appreciated.

I will definitely be contacting Edible Landscaping.

Cindy


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here